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Steak Shapiro’s Top 15 Burgers in Atlanta

More often than than not, when someone asks me “What are you in the mood for?”–and I get asked that a lot–it’s hard to envision anything I will enjoy more than a medium rare cheeseburger with the freshest bun and various fresh toppings accompanying them.  I LOVE BURGERS, I crave them, I think of them constantly, they make me happy.  So it is now time to put my own burger list out in the universe……I give you Steak Tips: the Top 15 Burgers That Matter Most in my Life Right Now. These are the spots that immediately jump in my head when I know it is time to get my burger on! Listed below in alphabetical order.

 
Bocado - Burger
Bocado – Burger

1. Bocado

2820 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30009

When we write the history of great burgers in Atlanta, Bocado will always hold their own chapter. The Westside spot where they understand the simplicity of two deliciously grilled patties with American cheese and pickles is all you need to reach burger nirvana. They now have a location in the Avalon where you can once again experience that burger nirvana. 
 
 

2. Cattle Shed Wine & Steak Bar

6290 Halcyon Way Suite 610, Alpharetta, GA 30005
 
Cattle Shed is where you want to go for not only one of the best OTP burgers, but best burgers flat out. Black Angus beef on a bun and topped with muenster, gribiche, and crispy shallots. It’s a mess and it’s perfect.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Chops Lobster Bar

70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

You can indeed look forward to a tedious business lunch when you know the reward is the classic “Club Burger” at iconic Chops in Buckhead.  What do they do great?  The burger blend of chuck, brisket and short rib with Wisconsin Cheddar, drop the mic.

Evergreen Butcher & Baker - Cheeseburger | Photo: Instagram/evergreenbutcherandbaker
Evergreen Butcher & Baker – Cheeseburger | Photo: Instagram/evergreenbutcherandbaker

4. Evergreen Butcher & Baker

2011 Hosea L Williams Dr Atlanta, GA 30317

The double cheeseburger is an Atlanta Eats staff favorite. It’s served only on Sundays and the cheeseburger is made totally from scratch, from the buns to the pickles to the aioli. People will straight-up start lining up outside Evergreen Butcher & Baker around 12:30pm on Sundays before they start selling them at 1pm. They sell out often because they’re just that good. 

 
Fred's Meat & Bread - Bacon Cheeseburger
Fred’s Meat & Bread – Bacon Cheeseburger

5. Fred’s Meat and Bread

99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Chef Todd Ginsberg is truly  “the burger whisperer” with his keen sense of what the ideal burger should look and taste like and at Fred’s he delivers again.  In a place where the cheesesteak steals the headlines the burger takes no back seat.  Double stack, sesame bun, moist and juicy and in the friendly confines of Krog Street Market.
 
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Grindhouse Killer Burgers – Burger
 

6. Grindhouse Killer Burger

Multiple Locations
 
There’s a reason this restaurant has become one of the great burger stories in Atlanta history.  They deserve it.
I hammer the double patty with Swiss cheese and grilled onions along with those perfect crinkle cut fries and know that all is right in the world.
 
Hero Donuts - Burger & Super Crunch Sandwich
Hero Donuts – Burger & Super Crunch Sandwich

7. Hero Doughnuts and Buns

33 Georgia Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Summerhill is fast becoming a go to spot for areat grub, and they’ve got a donut/sandwich joint that’s serving up burger perfection. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. I typically go for their classic burger but the dad burger with pepper jack, spicy mayo and bourbon bacon jam also hits it out of the park. 
 
H&F Burger - Cheeseburger
H&F Burger – Cheeseburger
 

8. Holeman and Finch: HF Burger

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
 
There is no top burger list in Atlanta that should ever exist without H&F on it. I don’t care that you can get them many more places than the original concept on Peachtree when only 20 of them came off the grill each night.  It is forever the Hall of Fame burger in Atlanta for the meticulous manner in which chef Linton Hopkins created them.
 
Houston's - Takeout Cheeseburger
Houston’s – Takeout Cheeseburger

9. Houston’s

Multiple Locations
 
There is no finer run restaurant group than the folks at Houston’s and the burger speaks to what they’re all about. Not a lot of fanfare, just the finest quality beef with the softest bun and a level of consistency that is unrivaled.  I dare you to walk by the grill while they’re cooking them and not order one yourself.
 
Lucky's Burger & Brew - Double Stacker
Lucky’s Burger & Brew – Double Stacker
 

10. Lucky’s Burger & Brew

 
Multiple Locations
 
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge dog lover and you’ve got to love a place where you can bring even your 100 lb Rottweiler to come sit with you on their patio while you enjoy some burgers and beers. Lucky’s is just that place. The patio at their Roswell location is huge in particular, and my favorite burger is their Georgia Dawg Pounder topped with a fried pimento cheese ball and spicy pepper jelly. 
 
Muss and Turner’s – Burger
 

11. Muss and Turner’s

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE Suite 309, Smyrna, GA 30080
 
A trip to Smyrna always makes sense when the destination is Muss and Turner’s and their burger is in play. 
The folks at M&T’s know about great ingredients and their grass fed burger with white cheddar, onions and poblano pepper are living proof of just that. 
 
NFA Burger - Cheeseburger
NFA Burger – Cheeseburger
 

12. NFA Burger

5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

The hottest burger in our city is coming out of a Chevron gas station in Dunwoody and yes the hype is real.
Owner Billy Kramer researched the hell out of burgers and then delivered a knockout punch with his double and triple cheeseburgers topped with American cheese, pickles, mustard and “sassy” sauce, trust the “burger scientist” here.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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13. Paige’s Bistro & Pastries

Triton Yards

There’s no place doing a fully loaded burger like Paige’s Bistro & Pastries, a food truck that’s usually posted up at Triton Yards Food Truck Park. When I am really really starving only their Jacked Up On Mac Burger slathered with Mac and cheese and BBQ chicken  will do. It is truly life changing. 

 

14. Slutty Vegan

Multiple Locations

Yes, I’m normally all about the real thing but the magic that Pinky Cole brings to the table is undeniable. After trying Slutty Vegan, I can say that I would not in a million years know that her burgers were vegan. The sauces are what set her vegan burgers made with Impossible “meat” apart from the rest, and the fries are also killer. 
 
 
The Vortex - Diner Burger | Photo: Facebook/thevortexmidtown
The Vortex – Diner Burger | Photo: Facebook/thevortexmidtown
 

15. The Vortex

Multiple Locations

Before there was a hundred great burger spots in Atlanta there was only one, The Vortex. Folks come from near and far for the insane combinations of specialty burgers or just the standard Vortex burger that is always perfectly cooked along with their signature tater tots to make sure that the stars are indeed still aligned.
 
Originally published January 12, 2021 and last updated January 21, 2022
 
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Ann’s Snack Bar
Bocado
Chops
Fred’s Meat and Bread
Holeman and Finch: HF Burger
Houston’s
Grindhouse Killer Burger
Muss and Turner’s
Ann’s Snack Bar

While Miss Ann has passed on, the city’s obsession with this burger spot has not even come close to subsiding.  Think about the “Ghetto Burger” they talk about around the globe.  It’s bacon, onion, cheese in a double stack with bacon and it is messy and aggressive and beautiful.

Bocado

When we write the history of great burgers in Atlanta, Bocado will always hold their own chapter. The Westside spot where they understand the simplicity of two deliciously grilled patties with American cheese and pickles is all you need to reach burger nirvana.

Chops
You can indeed look forward to a tedious business lunch when you know the reward is the classic “Club Burger” at iconic Chops in Buckhead.  What do they do great?  The burger blend of chuck, brisket and short rib with Wisconsin Cheddar, drop the mic.
Fred’s Meat and Bread

Chef Todd Ginsberg is truly  “the burger whisperer” with his keen sense of what the ideal burger should look and taste like and at Fred’s he delivers again.  In a place where the cheesesteak steals the headlines the burger takes no back seat.  Double stack, sesame bun, moist and juicy and in the friendly confines of Krog Street Market.

Holeman and Finch: HF Burger
There is no top burger list in Atlanta that should ever exist without H&F on it.
I don’t care that you can get them many more places than the original concept on Peachtree when only 20 of them came off the grill each night.  it is forever the Hall of Fame burger in Atlanta for the meticulous manner in which chef Linton Hopkins created them.
Houston’s
There is no finer run restaurant group than the folks at Houston’s and the burger speaks to what they’re all about.
Not a lot of fanfare, just the finest quality beef with the softest bun and a level of consistency that is unrivaled.
I dare you to walk by the grill while they’re cooking them and not order one yourself.
Grindhouse Killer Burger
There’s a reason this restaurant has become one of the great burger stories in Atlanta history.  They deserve it.
I hammer the double patty with Swiss cheese and grilled onions along with those perfect crinkle cut fries and know that all is right in the world.
Muss and Turner’s
A trip to Smyrna always makes sense when the destination is Muss and Turner’s and their burger is in play.
The folks at M&T’s know about great ingredients and their grass fed burger with white cheddar, onions and poblano pepper are living proof of just that.

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